Nouakchott Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Nouakchott

October 31, 2017 Marlin Saiz

The Saharan city of Nouakchott was a small fishing village until 1957, when Mauritania attained independence. The new capital city of a young country, Nouakchott has changed quite a bit since the Sixties, with mosques, government buildings, and street markets rising up out of the desert sand. Spread out over land that constantly being encroached upon by massive dunes, and inhabited by a nomadic people that don't keep their tents pitched in one place for very long, the city is always in flux.
Things to do in Nouakchott

1. Le Prince

Rue Alioune | Town Centre, Nouakchott, Mauritania Seating Fast Food, Middle Eastern Lunch
Excellent
10%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
13%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 30 reviews

Le Prince

Reviewed By amime01 - London, United Kingdom

I had a lebanese salad with bread. Probably the largest salad I've ever had, but it was excellent.
The dining room was a bit dark, but cool and not noisy - a welcome retreat from the heat.
Service was good and the restaurant clean.
I would certainly return.

2. Restaurant Al Fantasia

Avenue du Palais des Congres, Nouakchott, Mauritania Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Dinner, Lunch +222 47 60 13 13
Excellent
20%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 35 reviews

Restaurant Al Fantasia

Reviewed By YasserZakaria74 - Cairo, Egypt

Nice restaurant we must visit it, and fill of many kinds of food, and I recommend the sea food dishes, with good service and clean, and comfortable.

3. TAFARIT sun house.

222 En Face Station Star du Stade Olympique | Tel: 45254673 /3, Nouakchott, Mauritania Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night +222 44 18 18 68
Excellent
46%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 131 reviews

TAFARIT sun house.

Restaurant Specialites Fruits De Mer Et Cuisine Internationale .salle Fumeur Et Non Fumeur Idéal Pour Les Repas D'affaires,amis Et Famille.

Reviewed By MarcoCVerde - Praia, Sao Domingos, Cape Verde

The best room of the restaurant is the one, with aircondition at the back to the place. Good to book in advance as it gets very busy for lunch. Fresh fish grilled and service.

4. Savana cafe & restaurant

Avenu palais de congres, Nouakchott, Mauritania European +222 45 24 30 38
Excellent
21%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
35%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

Savana cafe & restaurant

Reviewed By Pocestnik - Ljubljana, Slovenia

Our team ate there a few times before we found a better restaurant in the neighborhood. Food is ok, but having just come from Jordan, the Lebanese selections were lacking taste. And the flat bread, like a lot of pastries in Mauritania, have a strange texture & taste.
Try to set outside, in the windiest location you can. Otherwise you will be eating with one hand & killing flies with the other.

5. Portuguese House

581 Tevrah Zegna - A, Nouakchott 22581, Mauritania (Formerly La Casa Portuguesa) Delivery, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Waitstaff Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast HK$47 - HK$243 +222 36 34 79 86
Excellent
45%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

Portuguese House

- Restaurant with a capacity for up to 50 people.<br>Parties, Birthdays, Take Away, Catering, ...<br>Training courses on Hygiene and Food Safety<br><br>- Auberge with 5 bedrooms and up to 12 p 2 suites, 2 double bedrooms, and a Mauritanian type salon for 4p<br><br>- Massage Room<br>- Hair salon<br>- Boutique

Reviewed By Andy W - Brussels, Belgium

As a resident I find myself here often. The owner and man who does everything, Joao, is always there to greet you and have a chat. He has an amazing Sunday Brunch but I usually come in late afternoon for a late lunch or later for dinner. Food can be prepared all the time whether it is a simple omelet or Sandwich to full course dinners. There is a menu but it is best to ask Joao what his suggestions are for the meal. I have never been let down by the quality of the food or the service. The meat and fish are fresh and prepared (cooked) over a grill. Joao prepares the food. This was a surprise find and glad I live close.

6. Frisco or Le Frisco

Rue du monotel, Nouakchott, Mauritania Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff Bar, International, Pub Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Excellent
20%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

Frisco or Le Frisco

Reviewed By Gaurav006 - Nagpur, India

Loved this place in Nouakchott for its burgers. The place is fun during football weekends specially when Barca and Real Madrid plays.

7. Nkc Ice Cafe

Nouakchott, Mauritania Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff Diner Brunch, Lunch, Dinner +222 45 24 22 23
Excellent
25%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
42%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 24 reviews

Nkc Ice Cafe

Reviewed By Andy W - Brussels, Belgium

I have eaten in and have several times taken pastry away. The place is air conditioned and has wifi (free). I found the sweets to be good and different from the usual Nouakchott bakery. The regular menu was noting special. If you want to treat yourself to a sweet then this is the place to visit.

8. Comptoir cafe

Zone des Ambassades, Nouakchott, Mauritania Reservations International +222 45 29 31 19
Excellent
54%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Comptoir cafe

Reviewed By ESSA3 - Nouakchott, Mauritania

Not cheap and a bit expensive is you choose entry, plate an dessert for many. Not overpriced compared to Nouakchott however, and the food is of good taste and quality. A little more efforts should be done to have more pastries for dessert.

9. La Palmeraie

Nouakchott, Mauritania Waitstaff 05257344
Excellent
26%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

La Palmeraie

Reviewed By DARBAX - Rome, Italy

I went the with a colleague for a lunch. Took a Sandwich "oriental" which was supposed to be made with minced meat. It came with big chunks of meat. Not that easy to eat. .. but taste was fine.
Ok.... but probably the main quality of the restaurant was that it was at walking distance from our office.

10. Le Maquis

Rue Benhmeida, Nouakchott, Mauritania Mediterranean Lunch, Dinner +222 36 40 51 05
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Le Maquis

Reviewed By AlaskanSon - Anchorage, Alaska

This place is a bit hard to find, but is worth the search. A beautiful home in a residential area, the ambiance is perfect. The service and food were outstanding, and the price was affordable. The filet with Roquefort sauce was perfect. Various sauces and side dishes are available. The mashed potatoes were excellent. Espresso was the best i have had in a long time.

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